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Pub Owner Frustrated That Health Plan Prices Keep Jumping

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Paul Siperke is the co-owner of Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, a popular brewpub in Cleveland. He has fewer than 50 full-time employees, so he’s classified under the Affordable Care Act as a small business. He doesn’t have to provide health insurance to his employees, but that’s what he’s been doing since the bar opened in 2009, despite some pretty dramatic volatility in rates.

“They just seemed to keep going up every year,” he says. “One year we got a 38 percent increase; another year we got 11. One year we got 3.”

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